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RATINGS: 1898   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Born of a flood and centuries-old Belgian text, 1554 Black Lager uses a lager yeast strain and dark chocolaty malts to redefine what dark beer can be. In 1997, a Fort Collins flood destroyed the original recipe our researcher, Phil Benstein, found in the library. So Phil and brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert, traveled to Belgium to retrieve this unique style lost to the ages. Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drsandman (1104) - New York, USA - FEB 21, 2016
On tap at New Belgium hub DIA. Pours deep reddish brown / black, beige head. Aroma is prune, roasted malt, caramel, smoke, candied fruits. Flavor is sweet malt, candy, caramel, floral notes, light pine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Felsenbrau (45) - Middletown, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2016
12oz can. Sweet, flowery aroma. Nearly-opaque rootbeer/black color with minimal head and persistent lacing. Strong malty and sweet flavor quickly dissipating to finish somewhat walnut and hazelnut, slighty bitter. Good with pie, not so ood with salty snacks. Will buy again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
patricks110 (2428) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 18, 2016
This is actually a delightful malty brew. Pours a purely black body with a thick, frothy beige head. The nose is bready with a light toasted caramel malt. Sweet malty front with a light grassy hop and a mild toffee, hazelnut note. Finish is mild and lightly bitter with a great balance and a light floral note.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
furthur (927) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Bottle, deep brown beer, nice cream colored head, decent lace. Aroma malt, faint metal. Taste chocolate, dark fruit. Palate is light, carbonation about average. A touch sweet, but nice!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsporrer (746) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Poured from a bottle. Pours a dark mahogany to black with an off-white ring. Light roasted malt aroma with hints of yeast. Smooth, light malt flavor with a slightly dry finish. Not very interesting or refreshing. Ordinary. OK but not remarkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorkenstein (434) - - FEB 3, 2016
Roasted malts and cocoa aromas. Taste is cocoa, raoasted malts, faint caramel and figs, then a touch of earthy hops in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nejhleader (1460) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2016
Has a nice chocolate malt aroma. Taste is a good slightly toasty malt with a nice chocolate aftertaste. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aggiebob (799) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 17, 2016
12 oz can. It poured a dark brown with a two fingers of a tan head that quickly dissipated. The aroma was a roasted chocolate malt, while the flavor included dark chocolate, raisins, and some coffee. The mouth feel was moderately thick and creamy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
dagimp (960) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2016 Re rating: So I bought a sixer of this and drank a couple. Really didn’t like it nearly as much as the first. Flavor was too mild and watered down. Decent but not worth buying Really liked this one. Sort of like a Schwartzbier, sort of like a bock. Good aroma, mouthfeel and flavor. Winner!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnGalt1 (1672) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 15, 2016
12oz bottle from the new Folly pack. 3/4" lite tan head drops leaving some lacing and rings... dark brown..not black.. clear deep chestnut red when held to a light. Aroma is fruity yeasty notes and chocolate dark roasted malts.. cold instant coffee.. no hops to speak of. As it warms, some earthy hop notes become evident. Dark malts and dark dried fruit are the main flavor components.. with more coffee at the front.. Chocolate grains and restrained dried cherries and raisins.. Hops are more prevalent than the nose.. earthy hops mix well with the front-side palate.. more yeasty fruitiness .. not Belgian but not necessarily American..not sure. Fun beer that I always overlook just because it is on the shelves.

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